A video showing former Springbok hooker James Dalton allegedly assaulting and ‘racially abusing’ a security officer in Cape Town has emerged and is doing the rounds on social media.
In the video, Dalton is seen engaging in what appears to be a verbal spat with a man clad in security regalia. Moments later, Dalton is seen headbutting the guard, who has been identified as Simphiwe Mntunani. The incident, according to a Sport24 report, occurred at the Harbour View building in Woodstock, Cape Town, last week. The ex-player is a resident at the apartment building.
The website reported that Mntunani was assisted by EFF councillor Faranaaz Gaffoor in Cape Town, who said not only was this an assault case, but also one of racism after Dalton allegedly called Mntunani a ‘f***ing black monkey’. The security officer has since opened a case at the Woodstock police station.
Another publication, the Cape Times reported that police spokesperson FC van Wyk said they were investigating a common assault case, but no arrest had been made at the time of publication. Dalton played 43 Tests for the Springboks from 1994 to 2002 and was part of the initial Springbok 1995 Rugby World Cup-winning squad.